Purple Row's Matt Gross recently broke down with excellent precision the Colorado Rockies' situation as it stands in the early days of June. They are either going to get worse on the road or better at home.
Team manager Walt Weiss sees the latter possibility as a -- if not the -- key to the season. When pressed to prioritize beating a divisional opponent in the Los Angeles Dodgers or establishing momentum (and, dare I say, dominance at home), Weiss is hesitant but ultimately comes down on the side of favoring better baseball in the colorful confines of Coors Field.
"Yeah, I think it's a double-whammy," Weiss said before the doubleheader on Tuesday when asked about the prospect of accomplishing both tasks with wins in the next few days. "But I think it's probably more important that we start establishing some things at home. We're going to be out of our division here in the near future."
"The first couple of months, it seems like that's all we've done is play our division but we need to establish some success here at home," Weiss added.
Historically, the Rockies have been much better at home than on the road, at times even toying with one of the best home-field advantages in the game.
"That's part of our formula," said Weiss. "We need to get back to being dominant at home. For whatever reason, we haven't done that so far this year."
Of course, the oddest weather in years has made it difficult for the team to get into any kind of rhythm, but whatever the reasons, the answer remains the same.
"I think that may have been a factor but the bottom line is we just haven't won games at home and we need to," Weiss explained. "We could talk about a lot of things that have happened but the bottom line is this team needs to win at home."
|LOS ANGELES DODGERS||COLORADO ROCKIES|
|Joc Pederson - CF||Charlie Blackmon - CF|
|Chris Heisey - RF||DJ LeMahieu - 2B|
|Adrian Gonzalez - 1B||Carlos Gonzalez - RF|
|Howie Kendrick - 2B||Nolan Arenado - 3B|
|Justin Turner - 3B||Ben Paulsen - 1B|
|Alex Guerrero - LF||Mike McKenry - C|
|Enrique Hernandez - SS||Daniel Descalso - SS|
|Austin Barnes - C||Brandon Barnes - LF|
|Juan Nicasio - RHP||Jorge De La Rosa - LHP|